I am a big fan of seizing opportunities. It’s a matter of efficiency for me, as well as convenience. Killing two birds with one stone? Even better!
I’ll be sent to a work-related training event in September. Yes! This is überexciting for two reasons, a) I’ll finally, after two years on the job, get my first official training (in a software program that I’ve been using for over a year already, thank you very much!) and b) since this training will take place in Alabama, I’ll be seizing the opportunity to jump over the big pond and visit my parents for their 60th birthdays! I’ll be half way across the country at that point anyway and what better excuse than to take advantage of this geographical vantage ground? (Not that I need excuses to go home, but whatevs.)
In case you didn’t get that the first time and need it spelled out (I sure do!):
I am going to GO TO GERMANY! For 9 WHOLE days! :)
(I know, only someone with 10 vacation days per year can get excited about the length of this trip, and no, I won’t be using up all my vacation time with this, because I have accumulated so much overtime!) And it’s only a month away!
I am not quite sure what I want to do first: jump up from my chair and run around the office, frantically waving my arms and exclaiming “I am going home!” or pick up the phone and call my sister to tell her the good news.
(Ok, scratch that, my sister knows already!
That leaves option one, so hold on a second. I’ll be back.)
Ok, moving on.
I know this all comes a little bit unexpected, but to be honest, I didn’t even think it was a possibility at all until the work-related trip to Alabama came up a few weeks ago. I remember thinking: Is this a sign? This MUST BE a sign! Am I supposed to be in Germany for my parents’ birthdays? It sure looks like it! Somebody (the universe?) wants me to go! (THANKS, universe!)
I checked with my boss if it was ok to take some personal leave after the workshop, I checked with my sister if this was a good time to come (read: see if my parents were actually planning a birthday celebration during this time!) and then I started looking for flights.
It’s going to be a painfully short trip, but so well worth it!
Who wants to welcome me at the airport? Who?